Memorial Day Weekend

Our friends Helen, Greg and little August drove up from San Francisco to spend the holiday weekend with us. Helen and August have stayed with us before, and it was really cute watching August show his Dad around our house. It was also the first time Cosmo was meeting a little kid, and we were so happy with how he handled it. Lola is very anti-child. Her tail goes between her legs and if we don't watch her, she will try to nip at kids. I don't know why she is this way, but it's one of those things that can be a total bummer because we love kids and want to be around them as much as possible. But Cosmo was great, and I hope Lola can learn a thing or two from this puppy. 

Playing all day is hard work

Playing all day is hard work

This $10 pool might end up being the best investment of the summer! August played and splashed and played some more. 

This $10 pool might end up being the best investment of the summer! August played and splashed and played some more. 

Getting ready to canonball

Getting ready to canonball

August and Cat- moments before the rope holding the hammock broke. Don't worry, no one was hurt. And the hammock has since been reinforced with better rope and better knots. (Thanks Helen for the crazy amazing sailor knots)

August and Cat- moments before the rope holding the hammock broke. Don't worry, no one was hurt. And the hammock has since been reinforced with better rope and better knots. (Thanks Helen for the crazy amazing sailor knots)

 Watermelon is always a good idea in the heat. 

 Watermelon is always a good idea in the heat. 

This little boy could have easily consumed an entire watermelon himself. 

This little boy could have easily consumed an entire watermelon himself. 

We went to see what the Sacramento County fair was all about. 

We went to see what the Sacramento County fair was all about. 

This looks like (and might very well be) the same motorcycle ride I went on as a kid. 

This looks like (and might very well be) the same motorcycle ride I went on as a kid. 

Lemonade break with these beauties. 

Lemonade break with these beauties. 

August looks like he's reaching for his wallet and is about to say "Girls, can you get me a corndog?"

August looks like he's reaching for his wallet and is about to say "Girls, can you get me a corndog?"

being at the fair reminded us of when we first started dating and went to one together. We ate a ton of fried food and went on the Tilta-whirl together and got SO sick that we ended up lying in the grass for an hour trying not to puke. Sweet memories of first dates :) 

being at the fair reminded us of when we first started dating and went to one together. We ate a ton of fried food and went on the Tilta-whirl together and got SO sick that we ended up lying in the grass for an hour trying not to puke. Sweet memories of first dates :) 

The cutest. 

The cutest. 

We took a drive to Old Sacramento to walk around and see what was going on. Here August is taking a picture of his parents with his little toy camera. 

We took a drive to Old Sacramento to walk around and see what was going on. Here August is taking a picture of his parents with his little toy camera. 

The face Cat and Cosmo make at the coffee shop when out of the blue a toddler screams at the top of his lungs repeatedly. I am so happy i captured their faces. :) 

The face Cat and Cosmo make at the coffee shop when out of the blue a toddler screams at the top of his lungs repeatedly. I am so happy i captured their faces. :) 

We had a great weekend. We grilled a ton of food one night then ate the leftovers for breakfast the next day. Every time we go on trips with Helen and Greg we love how they incorporate any leftovers into a new meal or make a delicious snack plate out of it. We ordered thai food one night from a  place that is easily the best thai i've ever had. It was a nice relaxing weekend filled with fun and laughs. I still don't know many people here in Sacramento, and so having friends come and visit really really makes me happy. August also told me I did a good job when I read him a book. So, I mean, that compliment alone will boost my spirits for a while . 

Hope you all had a great week! 

 

Summer vibes

Oh man, Sacramento is hot! Before we moved here, the first thing people would say when we mentioned this place was, "It's so hot there!" They weren't lying. I thought that after living in L.A. I'd be fine with the heat. Nope. It's way hotter here. This weeks forecast is all 90's with a couple days reaching 100. It's not even summer yet! Lord have mercy.

We have been trying to get our backyard and patio summer ready, so that we wont have to be cooped up inside with the air blasting all day. We have a tree in our backyard that provides a lot of shade. However, I'm not a big fan of sitting on grass, even with chairs, because I don't like all the bugs that come along with that. We've been hitting up a lot of places looking for outdoor furniture, but it is really really pricey. 

The first thing we did was buy a grill. When we were living in Hawaii for a few months, we took advantage of having access to a grill and used it about 3 times a week. We have put it to good used since buying it. Grilling reminds me of growing up in the Midwest, which makes me really happy. 

We ended up going to Ikea and finding everything we needed at a reasonable price. Every time we buy something from Ikea I always utter the phrase "Never again!" because I really dislike putting together furniture. But Cat took the bull by the horns on this one and put together our entire seating area. I just crushed all the boxes and stood by for emotional support. We also bought our big umbrella from there. That thing is already one of my favorite purchases. Sweet Relief from the blazing sun!

nap time

nap time

We bought the hammock in Mexico, and the hanging lanterns at Ikea. 

We bought the hammock in Mexico, and the hanging lanterns at Ikea. 

This seating area is so comfortable. I came out with a book yesterday with intentions of reading, but fell asleep within 3 minutes, just like a 90 year old woman. 

This seating area is so comfortable. I came out with a book yesterday with intentions of reading, but fell asleep within 3 minutes, just like a 90 year old woman. 

IT was not 100 this day. Which is why we both are wearing our uniform of all black. 

IT was not 100 this day. Which is why we both are wearing our uniform of all black. 

The perfect size for our little family. Notice the clothes drying on the rack. I love having a washer and dryer, but I love even more that i can hang our clothes outside and they are dry in 20 minutes. 

The perfect size for our little family. Notice the clothes drying on the rack. I love having a washer and dryer, but I love even more that i can hang our clothes outside and they are dry in 20 minutes. 

We are having friends over this weekend and are going to hit up the Sacramento county fair and hang out in our backyard. After so many years of apartment living, this is really incredibly nice to be able to have. Not a day goes by that I am not grateful for this home of ours. 

 

 

 

Lately

Spring has been filled with some new additions over here. The first being that I got to be an aunt again with the arrival of the newest set of twins to enter our family. My brother Dustin and sister in law Sarah, welcomed their little ones into this world at the end of February. 

Reagan and Ezra- can you even believe all that hair??

Reagan and Ezra- can you even believe all that hair??

Pics taken by their Mommy and Daddy. 

Pics taken by their Mommy and Daddy. 

Dustin and Sarah on a hike with the babies. Congrats you two! I can't wait to meet them this summer. 

Dustin and Sarah on a hike with the babies. Congrats you two! I can't wait to meet them this summer. 

This is the second set of twins to be born into my family. Will it be the last?... 

Cat and I also welcomed a new addition to our family. His name is Cosmo, and he is a yorkiepoo. 

can you handle the cuteness?

can you handle the cuteness?

This is going to sound completely wrong seeing as how my brother and Sarah are parenting twins right now...but, Puppies are a lot of work! The first week we got up with him every two hours so he could use the bathroom. I had forgotten what it's like to train a puppy. In fact, I never really had to potty train a puppy before. I grew up with dogs, but we lived in the country and they stayed outside. No potty training required. When I met Cat, Lola was already one year old. Again, no potty training required on my end. Cosmo is my first official trainee! Happy to report that after 3 weeks of consistency and diligence, he is 95% there with only a few mishaps. So happy we have a yard!

Tuckered out from trying to chew up our yard. 

Tuckered out from trying to chew up our yard. 

Lola is adjusting to the new energy in the house. She has moments when she is down to play and wrestle, and then other times where she will look at me as if saying "Can you put me in the bedroom with the door closed so I can have some private time please?" 

napping on my yoga mat

napping on my yoga mat

This has been a really exciting time for us and we are so happy to have the new family members!